Four new Ebola cases recorded in north-west DRC

Risk of DRC's latest Ebola outbreak spreading 'very low'
New Ebola Case In Congo Sparks Fears In Nigeria
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11 May, 2018

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Health has stepped up surveillance at all entry points into Nigeria to prevent the spread of Ebola disease into the country following reports of new Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Sawyer, a Liberian-American, died at a local hospital and infected several health workers including Stella Ameyo Adedavoh, a doctor who defied orders to allow him to leave the hospital and saved Nigeria from a mass outbreak in the process.

At least 17 people have died since inhabitants of a village in the country's northwest began showing symptoms resembling Ebola in December, according to the World Health Organization.

"We have isolated the patients".

About a year ago, an outbreak of Ebola killed eight people.

The Authority noted that all relevant agencies, including the Port Health Services have been mobilized and are collaborating effectively to ensure the safety of passengers and airport users at all time. "Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic signs and 17 deaths" were recorded with a fatality rate of 80%, says a statement of the Ministry of Health, which describes the situation as an "international public health emergency". All of those could be traced back to Ikoko Impenge, about 60 km (37 miles) away from Bikoro, except for one from the next door hamlet of Pangi.

The aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres said it has a team in Bikoro that includes medics, water and sanitation experts and an epidemiologist.

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With this reappearance of the Ebola outbreak, the DRC is at its ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976.

It said they had already arrived in the regional capital Mbandaka, about 150 km away from the affected area.

Many victims bleed internally and externally before death if the symptoms aren't treated immediately. In a news release on Tuesday, the World Health Organization informed that the DRC government reported the outbreak after two confirmed laboratory tests in Bikoro in the Équateur Province.

The killer virus Ebola is a fast-spreading disease that kills its sufferers in a matter of days.

"What we will do is to set up an emergency operation centre which will be chaired by Dr. Babatunde Babasanya, who actually led our efforts in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea during the outbreak in 2014".

Between them, the two cities have a population of more than 12 million.


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